Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Oct 20, 2009 - Twenty five years after he passed on, the Lagos State Government on Tuesday immortalized late mechanical engineering genius and social reformer, Professor Ayodele Awojobi by unveiling his statue at a memorial garden located at Onike Roundabout in Yaba.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) said he would continue to use the privilege of his office to champion the belief of the possibilities of the Nigerian enterprise adding: “our generation will not surrender our belief in the promise of a new Nigeria”.
Said he: “My belief and that of my colleagues at all levels in the Government of Lagos State is based on a simple logic that our history shows that it has been done before by men and women of humble beginnings who distinguished themselves by seizing opportunities through hardwork and dreamt great dreams like Professor Ayodele Awojobi”.
Governor Fashola added that by honouring such men and women: “we connect the present generation to our history of a pre-eminent past; we draw inspiration of possibilities and reiterate an ethic and value for hardwork as necessary ingredients for a brighter rewarding future”.
The Governor recalled that twenty five years ago, the curtain fell for the brilliant and highly respected Professor Ayodele Awojobi who had set a record by becoming, at the age of 37, the youngest lecturer in the University of Lagos to become a Professor.